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January 19, 2007

New Sigma Xi Directors Take Office in July

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Four directors and five associate directors were elected by Sigma Xi's 2006 Assembly of Delegates in Detroit, all to serve three years starting July 1, 2007.

C. Clifton Chancey, from the University of Northern Iowa Chapter, will be the director for the Comprehensive Colleges and Universities Constituency Group. He is a professor and physics department head at Northern Iowa.

Kelly O. Sullivan, from the Tri-Cities, Washington Chapter, will represent the Area Groups, Industries, State and Federal Laboratories Constituency Group. She is director of institutional partnerships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Linda K. Meadows and Donald J. McGraw were elected to the board as directors of the North Central and Southwest regions, respectively. Meadows is from the Ohio State University Chapter, and McGraw, the San Diego Chapter.

Meadows recently retired as assistant vice president for research at Ohio State. McGraw is former associate provost and professor of biology at the University of San Diego.

New associate directors include Andrew J. Velkey II from the Tidewater Virginia Chapter, for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Pamela Kerrigan from the Manhattan College Chapter, for the Northeast Region.

Velkey is an associate professor of psychology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Kerrigan is an associate professor in the Joined Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Manhattan College/College of Mount Saint Vincent.

William R. Klemm, a professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University, was elected associate director of the Southwest Region. He is a past president of the Texas A&M Chapter.

Joanne Kivela Tillotson from the SUNY at Purchase Chapter was elected associate director of the Baccalaureate Colleges Constituency Group, and Geza Gordos from the Hungary Chapter was elected associate director of the Canadian/International Constituency Group.

Tillotson is an associate professor of biology at SUNY Purchase, and Gordos is a professor and head of the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. More than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the society sponsors a number of programs that promote science and engineering. Sigma Xi's administrative offices are in Research Triangle Park, N.C.


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